Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct (IRPC)
Please Note: There are two sets of the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. Both are offered here for your convenience.
On March 17, 2014, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an order amending IRPC rules 1.0, 1.1, 1.4, 1.6, 1.17, 1.18, 4.4, 5.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.5. The amended rules will become effective July 1, 2014.
The Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct became effective on November 1, 1986, (with subsequent amendments) by order of the Idaho Supreme Court. The IRPC are based largely on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, with some Idaho variations.
In 2003, the E2K Committee was appointed by the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners to review the IRPC in conjunction with the ABA’s revision of the Model Rules based upon the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission’s review and recommendations. The IRPC were thereafter revised and adopted by the Idaho Supreme Court, effective July 1, 2004. The Idaho Supreme Court also specifically adopted the comments to the IRPC.
The Model Guidelines For The Utilization Of Legal Assistant Services were adopted by the Idaho State Bar membership during the 1992 resolution process. These guidelines are an attempt to identify the proper role of a legal assistant and to define the lawyer’s supervisory role. The Model Guidelines are not part of the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. They are advisory only and do not conflict with the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. There are 10 guidelines, covering a lawyer’s supervisory and training responsibilities, the permissible scope of delegation, how legal assistants are held out to clients, the courts and the public, and guidelines for the billing of a legal assistant’s time.